Chinese electric car company NIO launches ES8 crossover

Chinese electric car company NIO launches ES8 crossoverChinese company NIO has provided more details of the ES8 electric vehicle, which was first unveiled earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show. The ES8 is an all-electric crossover, and it's the second road-going model from NIO, who some will already know for its Nurburgring-record breaking EP9 hypercar. The ES8 is a radical departure from the EP9 because it's a practical seven-seat crossover, but thanks to its twin electric motors it could still be fairly entertaining to drive.


Saudi-led air strikes kill 136 civilians in Yemen: U.N.

Saudi-led air strikes kill 136 civilians in Yemen: U.N.By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen have killed at least 136 civilians and non-combatants since Dec. 6, the U.N. human rights spokesman said on Tuesday. Other U.N. officials said the coalition was maintaining tight restrictions on ships reaching Yemen even though 8 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine with the country relying on imports for the bulk of its food, fuel and medicine.


Indonesia labels calls for U.S. boycott over Jerusalem move 'misguided'

Indonesia labels calls for U.S. boycott over Jerusalem move 'misguided'By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's vice president said on Tuesday that calls for a boycott of U.S. goods over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel were misguided - not least because of the country's reliance on U.S. technology. There have been a series of protests in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country since Trump's controversial move this month to reverse decades of U.S. policy. At a rally of about 80,000 people on Sunday, the Indonesian Ulema Council, a body of Muslim clerics, called for a boycott of U.S. and Israeli products if Trump did not revoke his action.


US prepared to 'compel the denuclearisation' of North Korea, says Trump national security adviser HR McMaster

US prepared to 'compel the denuclearisation' of North Korea, says Trump national security adviser HR McMasterThe US is willing to “compel” North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme, Donald Trump’s national security adviser has said. H R McMaster reiterated the US President’s assertion that “all options” were open to Washington when it came to confronting the Kim regime’s rapidly advancing missile programme. “We want the resolution to be peaceful, but as the president has said, all options are on the table and we have to be prepared, if necessary, to compel the denuclearisation of North Korea without the cooperation of that regime.


French privacy watchdog raps WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing

French privacy watchdog raps WhatsApp over Facebook data sharingFrance's data privacy watchdog may fine messaging app WhatsApp if it does not comply with an order to bring its sharing of user data with parent company Facebook into line with French privacy law. The French data protection authority - CNIL - said on Monday it had told WhatsApp to comply with the order within one month, and pay particular attention to obtaining users' consent. The CNIL said WhatsApp did not have the legal basis to share user data with Facebook and had violated its obligation to cooperate with the French authority.


Saudi Arabia to launch tourist visas in early 2018

Saudi Arabia to launch tourist visas in early 2018Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas in the first quarter of 2018, its top tourism official said, a first for the kingdom as it undergoes major economic and social reforms. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz told AFP that "all government approvals" are in place for the launch of electronic visas next year to "all nationals whose countries allow their citizens to visit" Saudi Arabia. "We are now just preparing the regulations -- who is eligible for the visas and how to obtain them," added the head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, who is a son of King Salman.